Return of Kapoor loot: US keen, Oz stalling

15 Apr 2015 8:01 AM | Anonymous

Return of Kapoor loot: US keen, Oz stalling

By S Vijay Kumar

When Luis Martinez, public affairs officer with Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US, spoke last week about a secret investigation into one of the largest art theft scandals in America, he let the world know the full extent of "Operation Hidden Idol." This US government operation has already recovered nearly 1,000 items, worth an estimated $150 million, linked to the art dealer Subhash Kapoor facing trial in Tamil Nadu.

This announcement would have created a storm in any other country, but sadly it sank without a trace in India, barring a reference to the return of a few pieces from a Hawaiian museum.

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